The taskforce responsible for organising the 2019 Presidential Debates would like to inform the media and the general public that everything is set for presidential aspirants to outline their vision for Malawi and defend their policies during 3 live televised debates scheduled for Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on March 29, April 2 and April 5, 2019.
Candidates invited to the March 29thdebate are Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika – Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); Mr. Atupele Austin Muluzi – United Democratic Front (UDF); Dr. Lazarus Chakwera – Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Dr. Saulos Chilima – UTM.
The debate that will take place on Tuesday, April 2nd will have Dr. Cassim Hamim Chilumpha – Tikonze Peoples Movement; Professor John Eugene Chisi – Umodzi Party; Mr. Reverend Hadwick Kaliya – Independent and Mr. Peter Dominic Sinosi Driver Kuwani – Mbakuwaku Movement for Development.
All registered presidential candidates are invited to the debate on 5th April.
The candidates have been grouped to ensure quality as well as an opportunity for the candidates to have ample time to defend their policies and manifestos.
Prior to their respective debates, all candidates will be asked to sign a pledge of non-violence.
Attendance is strictly by invitation.
The 2019 debates taskforce consists of MISA Malawi, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Times Group, Zodiak Broadcasting Station and the following Civil Society Organizations: Centre for Multiparty Democracy, Democracy Works Foundation, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) , Malawi Law Society, Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Voluntary Service Organization (VSO), National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust, and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Chairperson, Taskforce on Presidential Debates